Nov 122017
 

On Saturday November 11, 2017 there was the 2nd Annual Memorial Charity Ride for Nick Morelos.  This fund was established by the American Legion Oro Valley Riders Chapter 132 in Nick’s honor and is for the purpose of providing emergency assistance to Veterans in Need.  Myself and Al made this ride.  The ride started at Old Fathers on Ina.  From there we made stops at Tommys on Stone, Bashful Bandit on Speedway, Buffet Bar & Crockpot (Tucson’s oldest “dive” Bar),  and then finally the last stop was Chuy’s on Thornydale.

We even had a SURPRISE guest when we were at the Bashful Bandit.  None other than Guys Atchley happened by and took pictures of us.  Here are a few pictures from the ride.

     

Nov 122017
 

A Garrison Flag was taken down and burned on November 3rd 2017.  It happened at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, at 3434 E. Speedway Boulevard around 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3. 
Workers tell Tucson News Now that the vandal/s used their own tools, cranked the flag down, put it on the ground, then used some sort of gasoline before lighting it on fire. 
“It’s a slap in the face it really is,” said dealership manager, Paul Quist. The massive 25 x 40 foot flag is usually waving outside his window at work. 

On Saturday November 11th members of BKAZIX  rode to Quebedeaux to show our pride in Tucson and for our flag after our monthly breakfast ride.  Those making the ride were Stan, Al, Jim Frank, yours truly, and an old friend and former member Tom B and his friend Laura.  Here are a few pictures of the ceremony, flag raising, and subsequent speech afterward.  Here are a few pictures.

                 

Aug 312015
 

August 31, 2015, marked the 25th Anniversary Memorial Remembrance at DPS District 8 of the deaths of DPS Officers Sergeant John M. Blaser and Officer David G. Gabrielli.  There were officers from around the state in attendance.  Members from our chapter, John Howe, Steve Mathews, Bruce Distler, Barry (Bear) & Robi Campbell, Terry, and John Chruscinski were there to support them as well as Jan Blaser – Upchurch who is a special honorary member of our chapter.  Below is an article that was in the paper honoring these officers.

Newspaper Article

Here area few photos and a group photo with Jan Blaser – Upchurch.

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May 162015
 

Cruising For The Cause

Saturday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 24th

The Cruising For The Cause will start at Sam’s Club – 4701 N. Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ. “Cruising For The Cause” is a fund raising event for the only National Foundation linking Alzheimer’s, Dementia and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The event includes a car show, bike show, arts and crafts show, health fair, consumer fair, music, food and much more. This is one of 12 events the Foundation will be putting on in 2015 in AZ and CA. The Johnny O Foundation has partnered with Sam’s Club to host these events. Trophies, judging by car owners and special cash awards by selected expert judges. Classes include: Original Car: 1900-1940 Factory, Original Car: 1941-1949 Factory, Street Rod/Retro Rod 1920-1950 Stock, Street Rod/Retro Rod 1951-1990,Sports Cars: Sports Cars of America- Sanctioned Cars (S.C.C.A),Orphan Cars: Cars no longer manufactured in the US (Hudson, Nash, etc), Special Interest: Vehicles not appropriate for any other category, Muscle Cars: Factory build hot rod, Youth Award: Owned and showed by 18 years or younger, Corvette Early: 1953-1967, Corvette Late: 1968-1990,Camaro,T-Bird, Mustang, Truck Stock, Truck Modified, Stock Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Import Motorcycles, Vintage Motorcycles, t-shirts available for sale! For more information call 602-820-7655 or visit http://www.thejohnnyo.org/

Ride With Pride

Apr 012015
 

Well another dinner ride has come on gone.  This month we had fourteen (14) members and family make the ride to Shlomo & Vitos’s Italian Delicatessen.  Those who made the ride were; Jim & Barb Kneup, Bruce Distler, John Chruscinski, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Will Harris, Jeff Jamieson, Terry, John & Garnetta Falzone, Bear & Robi Campbell and yours truly.  A great time, food, and conversation was had by all.

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Mar 302015
 

The Missing in America Project Ride (MIAP) was on Saturday March 28th.  We met at Adair Funeral home where we picked up 17 urns containing the ashes for WWI, Vietnam, Peace Time Vets, and one urn containing the remains of a spouse.  We preceded to RV City in Huachuca City where we met many of bikers from there we went to the Veterans Cemetery for the formal Ceremony.  Well over 100 motorcycles from PGR, ALR, VFW, CMA, Combat Vets to name just a few were in attendance.  Larry Hougland, Dan Thrasher, Robert Perry and myself represented BKAZIX.  The MIAP team has traveled to over 1700 funeral homes looking for unclaimed Veteran remains in hopes of returning them for proper burial.  There are over 23,000 funeral homes in America.  I have put a photo gallery on our Web Page under the “Photos” Tab.

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Jan 272015
 

Well our annual ride to Palm Springs is history for another year.  This year was our largest turnout yet.  Over 100 members, family, and friends made the ride to Palm Spring.  We did have a few members from our chapter, Jim Kneup, Frank Brunetti, Bob Ferrier, Mike Schultz, John Chruscincki, his friend Susan Baldwin, and yours truly.  There was a lot of good chats and renewed friendships from members we may have not seen for a year.  There were also a lot of different rides and things to do.  The Palm Springs Aerial Tram was a popular excursion this year as was Julian.  Here are a few pictures of the trip.

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Jan 222015
 

On Sunday January 18th Bob Ness was baptized at the Sonoita Bible Church.  Besides his friends, family, and Retreads some of his fellow Blue Knights also made the trip.  Those who were there were: Bud Welch, Susan Wagner, Jim Kneup, Stan Thibaut, Rev, Ed Saffold, and myself.  Here are a few pictures of the festivities.

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Dec 242014
 

I was recently contacted through our Web Page by a Blue Knight from Quebec Canada, Tony Berardiucci, QC XIII.  He was staying in Mesa during his trip around the US.  He was driving his truck towing his Yamaha Venture behind.  I provided him with the other Arizona Chapters so he might be able to connect with other BK’s in Arizona.  We met at Picacho Peak Travel Center on Moday 12/29 and decided to take a little ride.  We departed there and headed back into Tucson.  We exited @ Tangerine and went to Oracle Rd., Rt.  77, where we headed north.  Heading north we went past Catalina, the Biosphere, and into Winkelman where we stopped for gas.  From there we headed NE through Kearny and Hayden past the open pit mines to US 60.  We stopped at the Visitors Center which is an old Red Caboose.  From there we continued east until I departed, heading south at Rt 79 back to Tucson while he continued on to Mesa.  We had great weather and a very nice ride of over 250 miles.  On Tuesday he met with the Blue Knights from Prescott.  Below are a few pictures from his meeting with them.

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